The Batesville Station 

 The Livestock and Forestry Research Station - known as the Batesville Station - is a 3,000-acre unit that has been developed to do research with beef cattle management/production and forestry. The primary focus of this unit is to do large-scale replicated forage utilizing three of the predominate forages commonly used in Arkansas – Kentucky 31 fescue, bermudagrass and winter annuals on approximately 1,250 acres of pasture and hay areas. Research is conducted using the 350-head brood cow herd.  

The forestry program is comprised of 1,750 acres of upland hardwood timber and shortleaf pine. These tracts of timber are managed to enhance productivity, species composition, survivability and marketing options.batesville station logo

2017 Field Day

Be sure to join us for our annual Field Day, April 18, 2017. 

The event opens at 10 a.m. There is no cost to attend.

For more info, call the Batesville Station at (870) 793-7432.


  • 9 a.m. Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome- Don Hubbell, director, Livestock and Forestry Research Station
  • Mike Looper, department head, Animal Science, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 10 a.m. Efforts to develop genetic & genomics strategies to improve fescue tolerance in cattle - James Koltes, assistant professor, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. Toxic fescue effects on cow and calf performance - Ken Coffey, professor, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 11:15 a.m. Strategies for Reproductive Success - Jeremy Powell, DVM, professor, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch
  • 12:15 p.m. Effects of tall fescue toxins on finishing performance - Paul Beck, professor, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 12:45 p.m. Meta-analysis and choosing growth technology to offset effects of fescue toxicosis- Shane Gadberry, associate professor - Ruminant Nutrition, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 1:15 p.m. Establishing and managing novel fescue - John Jennings, professor-forage, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • 1:45 p.m. Panel discussion- all speakers
  • 2:30 p.m. Adjourn


Current Research

Beef Cattle

  1. Developing and identifying fescue tolerant beef animals through DNA mapping and epigenetics.
  2. Using forages and growth promoting technology for stocker calf production and health to improve profitability and environmental sustainability.


  1. Utilizing prescribed burning, chemical applications and harvesting methods to improve timber stands.
  2. Using genetically improved Loblolly and shortleaf pine seedlings for reforestation and evaluating survivability.